The Blessing of the Olives

The Blessing of the Olives marks the beginning of the three-month Sonoma Valley Season of the Olive. This traditional ceremony gives olive-lovers the chance to attend various olive-theme activities, such as olive oil tastings at The Olive Press.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the “The Blessing of the Olive” at the Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma. The image below are olives on the church alter.

The light coming in from the church windows lit the alter table with a wash of warm light so I had to spend a few minutes getting up close and personal with the olives. I wanted to use the available light so I bumped up my ISO to 1000 and set up with the window off my left shoulder. Please enjoy.

©R. Mabry Photography

©R. Mabry Photography

Camera specs: Canon 1-Ds Mark II with Canons EF 70 – 200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens @ 200mm, 1/50sec at f / 2.8, ISO 1000

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